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Library Advocacy MOOC

Interesting learning opportunity Begins Feb 24 – free edX MOOC on library advocacy being offered by Wendy Newman, Gwen Harris and Colleen Dineen – U of Toronto iSchool.

Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, evidence, action

Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!

About this Course

How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential ab (more…)

New Cool Tools for Schools Program Starts Nov 4


Ready to Launch! photo credit: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via photopin cc

We’re moving into the final planning phases for launching the 2013-14 Cool Tools For School learning project on November 4!   We have a whole bunch of New York State School Library System regions participating. Some are returning for another round and there are some new groups.

For folks who have participated before we have And for those who are totally new, we’ll have updated versions of the original ten topics. The schedule and list of topics will be listed on the Cool Tools site soon. TEN NEW THINGS! 

Participating systems are listed below. (more…)

23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Skills for Success

On July 10, the students and alumni at San Jose State U School of Library & Information Science launched a terrific new 23 Things learning program. The program was designed for SJSU SLIS library school students and alumni, but the content will be available for anyone to follow along on their own.

The 23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Skills for Success will encompass 23 technologies and skills recommended for SJSU SLIS students and alumni by SLIS students and alumni. These technologies will be presented in a module format taking the participant through weekly 20-30 minute tutorials followed by an exercise to demonstrate learning.

The topics will cover tech tools of value to new students, professional development and presentations, and resources for new LIS professionals. Whether you’re an LIS student or not, take a look and pick some modules to learn some new skills, you won’t earn the fun badges, but you’ll learn something new!  Or consider adapting the program  to implement at your own school, complete with badges. And who doesn’t like badges.

(via: Tame the Web)

Cool Tools for Schools 2013/14 – Interested?

evaluationI’ve had several requests to run another round of the Cool Tools for Schools project starting in October 2013.  It would be great to get a few more BOCES SLS regions involved as well.

If you’re not familiar with the project, it’s an online learning program based on the original 23 Things  Learning 2.0 program developed by Helene Blowers. Participants read through an online lesson, explore tools and examples, then do a learning activity to gain experience with the tools covered in each lesson.

Goals for the program are:

  • Gain familiarity with a variety of technology tools and explore how they can be used in K12 settings.
  • Opportunities to make connections with other educators and develop collaborations.
  • Increased confidence in exploring technology tools.

The two Cool Tools programs that have just finished running are:

Past Programs:

If you want to hear more about whether the program was valuable to the participants, the SLS Directors of the participating regions will be happy to share their experience with you.

And I’ll be happy to provide you with additional information about fees and how the programs are structured.


23 Things and Learning 2.0 in Schools

This past week I had the pleasure of presenting with Sarah Ludwig and Sara Kelley-Mudie during the Internet@Schools sessions at Computers in Libraries in Washington DC. Our session focused on Learning 2.0 and 23 Things in Schools. My slides are available below and on the conference presentations page, along with lots of great presentations from other sessions.

Bloggers who have shared notes from our session include:

Workshop Idea: Libraries as Learning Spaces – Maybe?

photo credit: Patrick Hoesly via photopin cc

photo credit: Patrick Hoesly via photopin cc

I’m working on some new workshops and the idea of public libraries as learning spaces is a topic that keeps running through my head. Obviously public libraries have always been learning spaces, so that in itself isn’t a new idea. But a workshop on creating learning opportunities using technology as the delivery device is what I’m pondering.

In the past year or so there have been some intriguing examples of libraries expanding learning opportunities for their communities to include locally created training delivered online and in-person, distance learning through commercial and open courses,  and more.  Many of these are taking advantage of the expertise of local community members and experts world-wide. Some programs and ideas that triggered this workshop idea include:

  • Library YOU - Escondido CA Public Library is gathering all sorts of local knowledge from community members and sharing it online via podcasts and video. Some items are focused on learning a new skill, others are personal histories and memories.
  • NYLTO New Library Trustees Online - Moodle based learning modules for trustees (more…)